Congressman Barrow talks gun control, immigration

John Barrow

News 12 First at Five / Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Democratic Congressman John Barrow stopped by the News 12 studio on Monday to discuss some of the most heated issues that Washington is facing.

One of the most hotly-debated issues right now is gun control. President Barack Obama says he wants police officers from three communities that have experienced mass shootings and officers across the country to help convince Congress to pass gun legislation.

The president says no group is more important than law enforcement in the gun debate and is asking Congress to pass an assault weapons ban that limits high-capacity magazines and requires background checks.

"For a great many people in this country, the right to keep and bear arms is not just a recreational thing for hunting or something like that -- it involves personal defense and home defense. This is how many people regard it," Barrow said. "That is deeply in the roots of the 2nd Amendment and what it's all about."

Back in the fall, Barrow put the gun debate at the center of his reelection campaign, which he used to gain bipartisan support to send him back to Congress.

Immigration is also on the minds of many Americans as Congress begins debating on a new immigration bill. Barrow says he hasn't had a chance to see the new bill yet but says it contains a lot of the very things he's concerned about.

"My policy is that we need to secure the border, we need to secure the jobs and we need to secure the benefits. If you do those things, the problem will take care of itself," he said.

Barrow says securing the border is a key part of any immigration plan.

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